Dr. Mindy Boxer – Acupuncture & Insomnia – 5 Acupuncture Points to Help You Sleep


According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), approximately 50-70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. The ASA reports that Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic Insomnia by 10%. Getting enough sleep is critical to overall health and massage therapy is a great drug-free, effective, and safe option to treat a variety of physical issues that could be impacting sleep quality.

Specifically, Insomnia is defined as the inability to fall or stay asleep. It is considered acute when it lasts for several days or chronic when it can last up to several months. Some people suffer from what is called primary Insomnia which is defined as having no identifiable cause. Secondary Insomnia is defined as related to a specific cause or condition.

If you suffer from Insomnia or another Sleep disorder, Acupuncture can help relieve many of the underlying issues that could be causing the disruption to your sleep. I will conduct a full Health History to see what issues you might be dealing that are contributing to the sleep issues. And there are actually five Acupuncture points that can help. These aren’t the only points that I might use, but they are the most common.

The first point, An Mian, translates to “sleep peacefully,” and is a set of points that are actually referred to as “extra” points, which means they are not on any of the meridians. A Mian is primarily used to help achieve restful sleep.

The second point is Stomach 36 (ST36), also known as Zu San Li or Leg Three Mile and is a widely used point for rejuvenation, longevity, and vitality. This point is used to bring a balance of Qi back to the patient which is important in regulating blood flow which can also impact sleep.

The third point is Pericardium 6 (PC6), also known as Inner Pass or Nei Guan. It is utilized to treat irritability, insomnia, palpitations, and anxiety, in addition to other issues. You might be familiar with this point if you suffer from motion sickness as it is often used to decrease vomiting. Utilizing this point is said to quiet the Heart and calm the Spirit which could help you sleep!

The fourth point is Heart 7 (HT7), also known as “Spirit Gate” or Shen Men and it is specific to sleeping disorders like Insomnia. It is also used to address irritability, dementia, sleep apnea, and palpitations, among other issues.

The fifth most common point used to treat Insomnia is Yin Tang, another extra point not located on a meridian. It is also known as the “third eye” as it sits right in the middle of the eyebrows. This point is particularly effective for Migraines and Insomnia.

Acupuncture is a wonderful drug-free and effective option to treat Insomnia and the underlying causes of various sleep disorders. Don’t endure another sleepless night and groggy day.

Call me today and make an appointment so you can get the rest you need tonight.



Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”

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